Teaching manners, how do you approach this?
Most of us teach our kiddos manners such as saying please and thank you, holding doors for other people and basic table manners.
My question is do you have different expectations based on the sex of the child?
I know this is a silly question, but I live in the south so one in particular stands out to me. Men hold doors for women as a sign of politeness and respect. I know this doesn't happen only in the south, but it's a big thing here that I have noticed. It's not expected to teach your daughters this, but young men are taught to do this pretty universally.
What are your thoughts on this type of teaching? Is it good or unfair?
I think manners are a lost form and everyone needs a refresher, girl or boy, adult or child. When I was super dooper pregnant I noticed plenty of guys in their 20's that didn't even think to hold the door for me (I mean they should have whether I was pregnant or not).
Charlie will learn to wait his turn, hold doors, say please and thank you, respect everyone, etc
This may not be manners but still...if you fimd something at the playground/school/wherever that you know is not yours leave it, or put in lost and found, the owner may come back for it. To take it is stealing.
And a dating rule my stepdad had for his kids (I no longer lived with him at dating age). The boy is to pick the girl up at her home. Walk to the door and introduce himself to her parents (or parent). It is never ever acceptable to just honk. He would actually call the parents to see if his sons followed this rule and if not he'd make them take the girl home and go back and do it right. Stepdad was big on treating women with respect.